July 02, 2012

Women not playing diverse roles on TV: Shweta Tiwari

New Delhi, Jul 2 (IANS): She enjoyed being the favourite next-door-girl in "Kasautii Zindagii Kay", the first female winner of reality show"Bigg Boss" and now a strict mom in "Parvarrish - Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi". But Shweta Tiwari feels women do not get to play diverse roles in TV shows.

"What I see is that women are not portraying too many characters or shades on screen. They are playing sweet, simple and nice roles. That is the only thing they do until they play a negative role," Shweta told IANS.

"If you see 'Balika Vadhu' she is the same. 'Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka' is also the same. If you see any other show, all the leads look identically the same. No one is doing anything different," she said.

However, Shweta feels that her character of Sweety in "Parvarrish......" is true to real life and has all the shades of life.

"Sweety is at times mean and selfish but at times she has her own rules. She will not do wrong to you but will also not let anyone do wrong to her. Such characters are real characters, which are not shown on television any more. It is there in Bollywood, but no one likes them in this industry (television). I think this change should be there."

The 31-year-old was also part of the reality show "Bigg Boss 4" and when asked if there is an overdose of reality, Shweta feels otherwise.

"I think there was an overdose of reality shows, but now it is less. Now there are just a few selected ones left which have established themselves; and if people need fiction then they also need reality. I guess there is 'Big Boss', 'Dance India Dance' and shows like 'Indian Idol'. The rest of them have fizzled out. Earlier, there used to be so many, like 'Kitchen King' and 'Chote Miya'."

"Parvarrish - Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi" has been dealing with parenting and the educational system. Shweta says parents have become more flexible now as compared to earlier.

"What I feel is that people have become more cool now. In our times, we were told to learn and mug up. We were told to become doctors and engineers. However, that is not the case now. People want to go for international learning. They know that their children have to do something. People don't look at marks but at how much children know," said Shweta, who has a daughter, Palak.

The actress, who is seeking divorce from her husband Raja Chaudhary.

Copyright © 2012 - ScrutinyByKHimaanshu


  1. She is right in a way. Most of the actresses seek to play the same sweet type roles, which becomes repetitively monotonous. There should be a choice.

    In this perspective, i really admire actresses like Rati Pandey, Additi Gupta and Shweta Tiwari for choosing different roles everytime. There are truly amazing and versatile actresses.

    These three actresses really has the charm and elegance to pull off any kind of characters.
    They are like plain water which takes up the shape of anything that they r poured into.

    1. Well, yes, it true that RP, AG and ST are amazing actresses, but the point here is "the choice". They are experimental which the others do not tend to go for at times. But yes, one should always do different types of roles keeping the "positive" tag of a protagonist within. Hats off to the actresses who have tried not to repeat same kind of roles in their every shows


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